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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 10 up.
A young boy around the age of Harry Potter has found that he is in quite the pickle. He has discovered a hidden room at a Chicago art museum. Inside this mysterious room, an amazing ancient tapestry hangs for his eyes only. Now the adventure begins with our friend Max, who must figure out the good and bad guys, which does not exclude his own father. Of course, his mother is out of the picture, at least for now. Like many well-known fantasy books, she may appear again by book two or three. In the meantime, our hero must go on a quest to save the school and his new found friends at a believe-it-or-not boarding school. Unfortunately for the reader, I found nothing original or entertaining about this book, especially when required to read over 400 pages of a book that mirrors another popular series. I did find it interesting that Max was American, but the story has an Irish twist. The author, Henry H. Neff, did create an original character or two--Max's roommate David and Max's weird pet, a Black Forest lymrill. Again Mr. Neff disappointed me by introducing the lymrill and then not using it much. It makes an erratic appearance or two, which does nothing to move the plot. We are led in a merry chase that leads us to an instructor hardly even developed in the story as the culprit. If you are starved for high fantasy read this book. Otherwise wait for the next book in "The Tapestry" series and hope it will be more interesting. Reviewer: Julia Beiker